Thursday, September 26, 2013
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Face Mask
The Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Face Mask will be a staple in my skincare regime to help my skin retain moisture and appear healthier as the cold air sets in. I ordered the product from Sephora and I will provide their product description, "A hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask with advanced antioxidants is a hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. The innovative formula’s velvety whipped texture has an immediate cooling effect to refresh the skin and the senses. Black tea ferment, also known as Kombucha, is an advanced antioxidant that helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals while softening, smoothing, and enhancing luster. The formula is further enriched with lychee seed extract, known to support natural collagen, firming polysaccharides that help to smooth the skin, and jicima root juice, notable for its hydrating and nourishing properties."
Fresh co-founder Lez Glazman adds more information about the development of the mask formula. 'After first trying Kombucha, a drink made with black tea ferment, I noticed an instant boost in my energy levels and began researching the extract at once. Referred to as the ‘Immortal Health Elixir,’ its history traces back to 250 B.C. I found that just as it reenergized my body, black tea works to reenergize the skin’s cells"'
The first reason that I was attracted to this mask is that I love to drink unsweetened black iced tea from Starbucks and I drink it about three times a week all throughout the year. I find that green tea has more of the soothing effect and the black tea will keep me going all day long. It's nice to see that this effect was not all in my head after reviewing Glazman's statement and that this mask will help my skin in a similar fashion.
As stated before, I have used this mask twice in the past ten days and I have liked it very much so far. The instructions do say to use it for five to twenty minutes at a time twice or three times a week. I think that I will move into using it twice a week, I wanted to start slow with how many skin issues I had at the beginning of the month. I use the mask on clean skin for about ten minutes and really like that I can see and feel a difference right after rinsing the product off. My skin typically feels dry right after I get out of the shower and towel off. I need to get some type of serum or cream on my face quickly or my cheeks will begin to hurt. After use of this product, I don't get the dryness right after I get out of the shower and my skin holds the moisture in better. I could not skip face cream but I use less and my skin looks much smoother and clearer than before I started using it. The effect lasts for the next two showers after use so I do think that using it as Fresh directs will continue to improve my skin even more.
The mask not only helps to hydrate my skin but it brightens my overall complexion. The redness in my cheeks is reduced and I need have needed a bit less foundation since I have started use of this product. The texture is very appealing, it is thick jelly and actually feels cool when applied to the skin. It is does not "dry" and absorbs mostly into the skin when a thin layer is applied all over the face. This mask is very easy to use and works very well, I will start using it twice a week and then hope to see even more results in my skin.
photo courtesy of Sephora